The Padstow Arts Festival 2009
This is a festival about England and the traditions of England.
In this opening concert we go back 500 years to hear the music of Thomas Tallis.
Can anyone tell me of a tradition that goes back 500 years and remains
untouched? The singing by the Truro Cathedral Choir represents exactly that. Our great English cathedral choirs are unique in the world. Without them we
would lose something very special that helps to define the meaning of being
English. We must protect the future of our choir schools.
Coming forward to the 20th century our festival celebrates two giants who
promoted our English traditions and culture, Malcolm Arnold and John Betjeman. In their own way they offered a rich tapestry of the English way of life that
was under increasing threat from many quarters. Without their example of standing up for English virtues we would be
Then we have this delightful and beautiful town of Padstow, a little gem among
English fishing ports that always dispenses a warm welcome to its many
This, then, is a festival about beauty, pride and our national soul. Please enjoy our events and let’s hope for many more such festivals in the future.